NRHA Selected by HUD to Coordinate Regional Workforce Development Initiative

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For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 03/21/2012

Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to coordinate regional efforts aimed at increasing jobs for lower  income persons and public housing residents on HUD-funded projects in Hampton Roads.

NRHA was among 12 housing authorities and jurisdictions nationwide to receive a $50,000 grant to maximize a HUD regulatory program known as “Section 3.” The program ensures HUD dollars are used to hire low-income individuals and to contract with businesses that hire them. The grants will be used to hire Section 3 Program Coordinators. Eighty-five housing authorities, state and local governments applied for the competitive national grant. As the regional Section 3 housing authority, NRHA’s collaborations include Suffolk and Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authorities as investment partners. 

“NRHA’s strong commitment and demonstrated track record of partnering with local agencies was a key strength in securing this grant,” said NRHA Chief Executive Officer Shurl Montgomery.

“Having a Section 3 Program Coordinator has been shown to be a best practice, maximizing a grantee’s ability to promote jobs, contracts and training opportunities,” said HUD Assistant Secretary John Trasvina.

Bennie Miller, Jr. was recently hired as Regional Section 3 Coordinator. Miller will serve as liaison among local housing agencies with an emphasis on program execution and implementation as well as compliance and reporting activities. Miller, a Fort Worth, Texas native, earned a Business degree with a concentration in Management from Prairie View A&M University. He is passionate about empowering individuals with self-awareness, education/training and opportunities. Says Miller, “This is the roadway that leads to self-sufficiency and I am poised for the challenge.”

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities. As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA plays a key role in making Norfolk the city of choice to build, work, live and play.

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